Quinoa Enchilada Casserole ~ Day 3

Today I bring you a vegetarian dish on my path to a more plant based diet.

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole


2 cups cooked Quinoa

1 can black beans rinsed

2 cans green enchilada sauce (10 oz cans)

1 can roasted corn kernels

3 oz chopped green chili’s

1.5 cups of cheddar and mozzarella (1/2 in mixture and 1/2 on top)

How to:

Put all ingredients into a cooking pan and bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until the cheese is well melted on top.

Enjoy & save some for lunches throughout the week.

Day 2 ~ Being Appreciated

Today I bring you a post about appreciation. Who do we appreciate and how do we show it?

At the wee hour of 1am my boyfriend woke me to tell me why he was grateful for me. Well, one of the reasons. I support him emotionally with his art and music. My response was “Why not?”

I appreciate my partner for who he is. He’s not perfect and neither am I. I love that he’s passionate about his art and music and he’s excellent in both areas. He’s even been published for his circuit bending (taking toys or objects and turning them into sound machines) and I don’t know how he does it but he is good. If I try and change him it’s too much work and takes away from me getting him 100%.

We both struggle in areas. Since I met him 3 plus years ago I lost a job of 18 years due to a heart attack and I’ve struggled financially since. I’m working two part time jobs and going to college full time to get my teaching credential and emotionally supports me. He is in flux with his career and financially it’s hard for him too right now but I emotionally support him. We appreciate each other and one day the pay-off will be two stable, creative forces under one roof with four kids between us! Crazy, right? No, it seems just right to me. There’s work to be done first and we are both respectively doing our parts.

We all need to appreciate our partner, family member, friend, or co-worker and it’s nice to let them know we are thinking about them and it’s nice to know you’re appreciated. So take a moment today and let someone know you appreciate them.

Thanksgiving 2019 thru 2020

To get used to blogging, really blogging each day (I hope) will bring a new post. Whether a photo, a recipe, a post of joy or maybe pain but each day something new.

Today’s Thanksgiving and though I’m not all about people being invaded and slaughtered in the name of freedom and instead I think of gratitude, family, friends, and food. So in the name of gratitude I’m grateful for so much and here’s a few things I’m grateful for:

  • Daily gratitude with a group of 5 women via email.
  • Two beautiful perfectly imperfect kids. Love them to the moon and back.
  • My family. Despite the growing pains. Love them.
  • A partner who loves me for me and wants to grow with me. Love him.
  • Women who uplift me and I them.

This is just a fraction of the gratitude I feel. What are you grateful for??

Speaking of kids…my girl and I made this pie below. She’s 19 and has been helping so much this year. I hope our family enjoys the meal we’ve prepared and 100% gluten free!

Enjoy the ones you love and be kind to each other.